Good Bye, History of Cinema!

The IHS Screen Digest predicts that movie studios will cease to produce film prints for “major markets” by 2013, and for the rest of the world by 2015.

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At this stage, the decline of celluloid – a  transparent flammable plastic made in sheets from camphor and nitrocellulose, formerly used for cinematographic film – cannot be stopped.

Every filmmaker now has access to cameras that were a distant dream just ten years ago. DSLRs (and the like) give everyone the opportunity to make footage look like it was shot with a real movie camera — bokeh and everything. To stand out in this new world of 35mm lookalike videos, it is more important than ever to develop real directing skills — which is and always will be in scarce supply in the industry – mostly because it takes some instinctive talent and an awful lot of work.

With that being said, the arrest of film is both encouraging and kinda haunting, to us.  We don’t encourage the use of a DSLR to make your next film.  However, if you’re on a tight budget, or no budget at all – It’s a great tool to use.  On the flip side, it’s just the idea of film being gone all together that leaves us in a tad state of disbelief.  What happens to the history of cinema?  Will it be forgotten all together?  What about its future?  And, if they still could, what would classics like Orson Welles, Carey Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Rita Hayworth, all who helped build cinema into what it is today, say?

We ran across a great article that offered a detailed story about it all.  We recommend checking it out.  Check back with us and let us know your thoughts?

Celluloid no more: distribution of film to cease by 2013 in the US

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